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Concordia in top 500 in QS World University Rankings

University gaining momentum on international stage
September 10, 2013
By Media Relations


For the second time in less than a month, Concordia has advanced in an international university ranking, breaking into the top 500 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings. More than 800 universities were evaluated for the 2013-14 exercise.

The survey ranks universities in a number of categories, including academic and employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty-student ratio, proportion of international faculty and interational students. Employers are also surveyed on their perception of the employability of graduates. Each category is assigned a weighting which, when calculated, produces the final results.

Concordia’s ranking include:

  • Academic reputation survey (40% weight): Ranked 401+
  • Employer reputation survey (10% weight): Ranked 353
  • Citations per faculty (20% weight): Ranked 401+
  • Faculty-student ratio (20% weight): Ranked 401+
  • Proportion of international faculty (5% weight): Ranked 218
  • Proportion of international students (5% weight): Ranked 104

The university’s position in this latest ranking is the result of an increase in scores in all of the above categories, particularly in academic reputation, employer reputation and citations per faculty.

“We are very pleased with these results. They confirm our growing presence and reputation on the global stage,” says Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “Momentum continues to build for Concordia as a first-choice destination for students and professors both nationally and internationally.”

Concordia has also made gains in five disciplinary-group rankings in the top 500:

  • Arts and humanities: Ranked 206
  • Social sciences and management: Ranked 317
  • Engineering and technology: Ranked 355
  • Natural sciences: Ranked 401+
  • Life sciences and medicine: Ranked 401+

First compiled in 2004, QS World University Rankings were created to present a multi-faceted view of the relative strengths of the world's leading universities.

The research currently considers more than 3,000 universities and ranks more than 800; the top 400 universities are ranked individually, while those placing over 401 are ranked in groups.

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